By Randa Derkson

I’ll never forget the first time I made these stuffed peppers. I originally made them because they were a healthier option to what I was craving (Sloppy Joes) and while they were in the oven, the doorbell rang. It was my photographer, hand-delivering my son’s first birthday photos.

Ever since that day, the smell of these stuffed peppers roasting in the oven reminds me of running into my home office, popping the disc of images into my computer and being overjoyed with the memories captured from my son’s birthday, smashed cake and all. It gives me butterflies just thinking about it.

This recipe also shows me how far my blog has come. The stuffed peppers recipe is my most-pinned recipe on Pinterest and by far the most popular recipe on my blog. The original photo was a poorly lit, badly filtered image, yet still gathered an audience of admirers. It’s a reminder of my humble beginnings in both my personal and professional life.

Isn’t it amazing how a simple recipe can leave a lasting impression on your heart?

Paleo Turkey Stuffed Peppers, Courtesy of Randa Derkson, thebewitchinkitchen.com, Terrace, B.C.

Developed as a healthier alternative to Sloppy Joes, these baked peppers are just as easy to prepare for a fast and filling weeknight meal.

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 lb (450 g) ground turkey
3 cups (750 mL) spinach
2 cups (500 mL) crushed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh basil
1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
1 tsp (5 mL) sea salt
3 red bell peppers, stems removed, halved and seeded

Directions
1. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add turkey; sauté no longer pink inside. Add spinach, stirring until wilted.
2. Stir in tomatoes, garlic, parsley, basil, oregano and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Place on rimmed baking sheet. Divide turkey mixture evenly among pepper halves. Cook in 425°F (220ºC) oven for 25 minutes, or until meat mixture has browned and peppers are tender.

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The Bewitchin’ Kitchen
Randa is a work-at-home mom who resides in British Columbia. She believes that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether it’s discussing your day, sharing the highlights of a trip or just having quality time with a loved one, life revolves around the kitchen table.